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547 West 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001
October 5th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Opening: October 7th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6


The Painting Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Douglas
Wirls to take place in the Project Room beginning on October 5, 2010. This show, his
third at the Painting Center, will present a selection from a series of new works on paper
collectively titled “Terrains.”

The calligraphic drawings of Douglas Wirls are evocations of natural forces rather than
depictions of nature. Characterized by a meticulous, delicate and gestural line, their
rhythmic yet meandering compositions recall the brushwork of Chinese landscape
painting. In these works executed in colored chalk, sumi ink and charcoal, on paper and
drafting film, layers of eddying lines are raked and inscribed, creating continuous
horizontal fields that swirl and seethe, extending into an indeterminate space, never
reaching a horizon. Their surfaces are restless, at points nearly erupting into quiet
violence. Yet, however spatial, Wirls’ works are not purely landscapes. The intricate
choreography of his marks take on a life and order of their own. It is through the
attraction of familiar references to nature, form and surface that the viewer is drawn to an
appreciation of these energetic, enigmatic places.

Douglas Wirls has lived and worked in New York City and upstate New York for the past
thirty-five years. He was educated at Tyler College of Art and the Skowhegan School. In
addition to The Painting Center, his work has been recently shown by the Lohin Geduld
Gallery in New York, Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, the Ober Gallery in Kent
Connecticut, and the Denise Bibro Gallery in New York. Other notable exhibitions
include the Philadelphia Academy and the National Academy of Design where he
received the Laufman Award for drawing and the Isador Award for painting. His work is
in many private and public collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, the
Pennsylvania State Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Woodmere Art
Museum in Woodmere PA.